Oldenburg–It is now official: EWE is a member of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance.
The Alliance was launched at the beginning of July – at the same time as the European hydrogen strategy was published. The aim of the alliance is to build a competitive European hydrogen economy.
For EWE boss Stefan Dohler, joining is a special concern: “The development of a European hydrogen economy provides important impulses for the decarbonisation of the energy supply within the European Union (EU). However, we can only achieve the climate targets set in the EU together. European members of various sizes and value chains are represented in the alliance. I am convinced that EWE can also contribute its expertise and its commitment to hydrogen matters at the European level in line with the climate protection goals set here. ”
According to Dohler, EWE is currently one of the few companies in Germany that can map the testing and implementation of hydrogen application across the entire value chain and is already doing this on a project basis.
With the hydrogen production on the cavern storage site in Huntorf, Lower Saxony, EWE recently demonstrated on a small scale what is to become reality on a large scale in the future: the generation of hydrogen from renewable energies and its use in various sectors – initially in the mobility sector.
“What EWE has implemented in Huntorf is just the beginning. EWE will invest around 90 million euros – 20 million of which will be funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) – as part of the “Hyways for Future” project together with partners in a hydrogen home market. In the future, this also includes the large-volume storage of green hydrogen in underground caverns, which EWE has been using to store natural gas for more than 40 years, ”said Dohler.
The EWE storage sites are located in Huntorf in the East Frisian Jemgum and Nüttermoor and in Rüdersdorf near Berlin.
EWE wants to implement another hydrogen project in Bremen with the EWE subsidiary swb and the steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal. Under the project name “HyBit” (“Hydrogen for Bremen’s industrial transformation”), an electrolysis plant with an output of up to 24 megawatts is to be built at the Mittelbüren power station, which will supply the ArcelorMittal steelworks with green hydrogen.